PHC sans medical officers leaves Agency areas in lurch

Casts shadow on emergency medicare services for those in far-flung areas

At a time when the Agency areas are grappling with spurt in cases of fevers and seasonal diseases in the aftermath of the recent spell of heavy rains, the Primary Health Centre in Charla in Telangana’s tribal heartland of Bhadrachalam Agency has been functioning without a medical officer for the last few days.

Although the two sanctioned medical officer posts in the PHC have recently been filled with regular doctors, one of the newly-appointed woman doctor has proceeded on maternity leave and another has reportedly applied for “long leave”, sources said.

The PHC in the Agency mandal of Dummugudem in the same Bhadrachalam division has reportedly been functioning with only one doctor as against the sanctioned strength of two medical officer posts.

The Charla mandal saw surge in number of cases of vector-borne diseases with about 15 malaria cases being reported from various tribal habitations considered malaria endemic areas mostly dotting the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh in the last few days, sources added.

The mobile medical team in Charla mandal has been rendered headless with the previous incumbent securing a regular job recently. This has cast a shadow on delivery of emergency medicare services to needy living in far-flung areas of the Agency mandal.

When contacted, the District Medical and Health Officer Dayananda Swamy told The Hindu that a total of 24 medical officer posts had been filled in the entire district recently.

Barring two, all the newly-appointed regular doctors have been rendering their services at their respective PHCs, he said, adding that one newly-appointed woman medical officer has proceeded on maternity leave.

We have issued notification to fill five vacant medical officer posts for the mobile medical teams and efforts are on to complete the recruitment process expeditiously, he said.

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